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Name: Dick Bennett
Address: 177 Bovet Road, Suite 600
  San Mateo, CA 94402

Telephone:(650) 348-5323Fax:(650) 341-5001  
      

Email: Dickwbennett@aol.com

Fees: $300 per hour  
Other Costs:  No other costs except by agreement of the parties.

BAR Number:0038959

Attorney: xNon-Attorney Professional Mediator/Arbitrator:         Retired Judge/Justice:  

Mediation
Experience:


 
A litigation attorney since 1966, I have advocated mediation since 1986 and have mediated approximately 300 cases in a wide variety of areas: Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Legal and Medical Malpractice, Probate and Family Law. Practicing primarily in San Mateo County, I am currently the co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the San Mateo Couny Bar Association I am listed on the ADR Panel in San Mateo County.
Mediation
Training:


 
My formal mediation training began with Joan Kelly, Northern California Meidation Center in 1995. I have attended shorter mediatio courses since then both with Joan Kelly and Tom Reese. I have read extensively in the ADR Panel in San Mateo County.
Arbitration
Experience:


 
I have arbitrated over 150 cases for approximately 25 years in teh fields of Business, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate and Legal and Medical Marlpractice.
Neutral
Evaluation
Background:

 
I have attended a session in neutral evaluation, but as of October 2000, I have not participated precisely as a neutral evaluator.
Settlement
Conference
Experience:


SubjectPersonal Injury:xEmployment: Business:xReal Estate:x
Matter:Legal Malpractice:xPublic Agency: Probate:xConstruction: 
 Medical Malpractice:xEnvironmental: Insurance: Securities: 
 Product Liability: Landlord-Tenant / Neighborhood: Dental Malpractice: 
 Foreign Language(s): Intellectual Property/High Technology:  
 Accoutings:Conservatorships/Guardianships:Wills/Trusts:x
 Other:  

Other
Education:


 
Stanford University (1959-1963); Stanford University Law School (1963-1966).
Mediation
Approach:


 
I strongly support mediation as a means of encouraging the parties to resolve their dispute in a cost efficient, agreeable manner. As a result, effective January 2007, I will serve as a mediator or private judge only. My mediation approach is generally facilitative (as opposed to directive): After carefully reviewing the mediation briefs, I nitially bring counsel into my office and suggest alternatives as to how they and I will proceed. On certain occasions joint sessions might be appropriate. On other occasions I suggest early separate caucuses. In those caucuses my approach is facilittive as I try to develop credibility through a careful listening process. I usually ask each side to focus on his or her strongest argument and rebuttal so that all sides fully understand the respective positions. In more subsequent caucuses I may well become more directive as I do believe that the parties are entitled to the benefit of my substantial experience as a litigator and as a mediator here in San Mateo County. I assure each party that I will be fully engaged, patient, but also willing to share my expertise after a long career in litigation.
Arbitration
Approach:


 
My approach to arbitration is very similar to that of an informal court trial. I request arbitration briefs and, if appropriate, additional briefs at the end of arbitration. As any trier of fact, I appreciate well-prepared testimony, specific objection without argument in a relaxed informal way and a high degree of professionalism. Although I encourage informality, I do belive that the Code of Evidence should be followed. At the end of arbitration, I will issue a reasoned, written decision.
Neutral
Approach:


 
After the development of an informal presentation of the evidence, similar to trial, the evaluator should be willing to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the respective positions.
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